Google's Camera app isn't exactly feature-rich, at least not when it is compared to alternatives offered by OEMs and many independent developers. Of course, that may be one of the reasons it is fairly popular – the interface remains simple and the features that did make it in, like Photospheres, are pretty cool. After looking through the latest update, it looks like Google is working toward another major feature addition called Smart Burst, and it might just become the best way to take photos of your friends. Read More
Back at CES earlier this year, Blu announced a handful of phones, including the Vivo Air, Studio X, and Studio Energy. Today, we're looking at the final phone from that announcement, the Life One, as well as another handset Blu has coming out in a few weeks, the Life 8 XL.
Let's jump right in with specs.
The first thing worth noting about the Life One is the processor - it's a 64 bit Snapdragon 410. Read More
These days you can probably find someone to give you an Android Wear device, if you're not too picky about which model you select. But if you've had your heart set on Sony's latest take on the smartwatch, now's the time to bust out your wallet. Online retailer Expansys is selling the SmartWatch 3 for $149.99 on its American storefront. The listing says it's 50% off, but the Sony Store and Google Store are selling the standard SW3 for $200, so it's more like 50 bucks off of the standard price.
According to Ryan Whitwam's review, the SmartWatch 3 isn't the best all-around Android Wear device available, but it's a great choice if you want long battery life. Read More
At an event in Paris, Google apparently showed off a brand-new feature of the search app that is aware of your current location in relation to your queries. Google calls this Location Aware Search, or geocontextual search if you want to get technical. Basically, this allows you to ask questions without specifying an address or proper place name and still get information if you're near said place.
Sorry for all the blacking out - but my query was "What is the phone number for this place?" and this is what I was shown.
For example, if you're at the Louvre in Paris and you ask Google, "When was this building built?" it's going to tell you that the Louvre Palace was built in the late 12th century, presumably. Read More
Father's Day is approaching, and if you plan on ordering something online, it's better to do so sooner rather than later. Today eBay is offering a coupon code to save $15 off purchases of $100 or more. Applicable products include goods in the home & garden, sporting goods, and tech categories, but naturally only one of those gets our interest around here. The code itself is C15FATHERSDAY.
The discount will apply to many things. One example is the 16GB Samsung Galaxy Tab Pro 8.4, which you can bring down to $185 by using the code. Others include a refurbished HTC One M8, which you can reduce to $205, and the original LG G Flex listed at $200. Read More
The PBS Video Android app has gained support for a cheap little media stick that frees shows from mobile devices and sticks them on something bigger. This way users can go back to viewing shows like Frontline, NOVA, and PBS NewsHour the way they've been watching them for decades.
Chromecast support works the way you're likely already familiar with. You open up the app, you locate the icon in the top-right corner, you select the dongle you want to cast to, and you watch your show.
The adult PBS Android app gains Chromecast support nearly a year after the PBS Kids one did, but hey, parents are used to putting their children first. Read More
Does the Tegra K1 in your Nexus 9 run a little toasty? Well, it's got nothing on NVIDIA's latest mobile chip design win, which is literally an oven. I'm sorry, NVIDIA, but the jokes basically write themselves here.
Owner testimonial: "My oven can play Doom 3!"
The June oven's big shtick is that it takes selfies of your food which, while completely ridiculous, is at the same time weirdly cool? Maybe? I don't know. What I do know is that this actually sounds like a pretty good oven, boasting a 350F preheat time of just 4 (four) minutes, which is sort of incredible. Read More
You want the internet on your TV? There are several ways to go about that, but the latest is to use Android TV and the Opera TV Browser app. It's free to download, but compatibility is a bit odd. It doesn't seem to support the Nexus Player right now, but it will install on the Shield and ADT-1 just fine.
Did you think the Angry Birds movie was an insane bit of zealous over-licensing at the peak of a mobile gaming fad? You ain't seen nothing yet. According to IGN, Cut The Rope developer ZeptoLab has partnered with production company Blockade Entertainment to create a computer animated movie based on the game's adorable monster protagonist Om Nom. Om Nom: The Movie is currently scheduled to release in 2016, notably the same year that the Angry Birds movie will hit theaters.
The official synopsis for the movie makes surprisingly little mention of ropes or candy, and sounds like an E.T. rip-off that came 30 years too late:
Om Nom tells the story of 13-year old Evan, a boy whose impulsiveness leads him to open a secret package containing a living scientific experiment - with mischievous intentions!